CSGO Teams Taken by Surprise in CSPPA Voice Comm Controversy
CSGO is never far away from controversy, and this latest news is no exception. A recent controversy came up in regards to Tournament Organizers of BLAST’s Fall Finals, and voice comm recording, which had the CSPPA decide to speak up. What is interesting about this, is that BLAST and the CSGO teams involved have already resolved this issue. We aren’t saying there were no problems (there definitely were), but the confusion comes from the fact that CSPPA (Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association) got involved at all after the fact.
What Was The Issue?
A three-hour delay happened during the Fall Finals of CSGO’s BLAST major, and it the controversy came from the nature of voice comm recording. The TOs of an event should not be recording player communication without consent. We’re glad to see people speaking up for the CSGO players, and they definitely have the right to privacy. But where was eagerness when actual problems were coming up?
Erik ‘fl0m’ Flombut echoed that statement earlier this week:
“I get players not wanting to be recorded. But where the f**k was this stand for players when you guys agreed to halve Pro League and unemployed literally half of Pro League overnight and then let ESL push it as some good thing for the scene.”
The CSPPA have to justify their paycheck somehow, we suppose. If they really cared about the well-being of the CSGO scene and its players, they would speak up far more frequently. A full day after this Fall Final issue came up, the CSPPA spoke up about how they’ve tried to get BLAST to discuss recent problems with players, such as the voice comm controversy.
The idea is that voice comms have sensitive tactical information and communication on them and are typically only shared with the analysts, or other people that have to know. Simply recording everything the players say is dangerous and strange on BLAST’s part.
The various CSGO teams came together to write a letter, putting the CSPPA on blast, so to speak. They contest the claim CSPPA put out, that the voice comm controversy was handled between the teams and BLAST. By that, the CSPPA didn’t really seem to be needed but had to justify their presence in the CSGO scene.
Team Confusion By CSPPA
This letter, from Astralis, FaZe Clan, Furia, G2, and the rest of the teams was dropped on Twitter:
“The teams and all Tournament Organizers, including BLAST, have worked, are working, and will continue to work together to ensure that any and all of our players’ needs pertaining their participation are met to the extent possible. As a result of this already successful partnership between the parties, BLAST resolved the issues raised around the usage of voice comms already on November 23rd.”
The CSGO teams do not understand why the CSPPA got involved in something that was already resolved. In this case, the CSPPA didn’t solve anything new. All of these things have already been settled! Has the CSPPA even done anything to improve the CSGO scene? By this, it sure doesn’t seem to. Perhaps this is why we don’t have any real, useful player associations in esports. If this is how they’re going to work, it’s probably better we don’t.
Do we think unions or players associations will help esports? This writer does. But as they stand right now, the CSPPA has done nothing to aid the current situation.